Freeformations: Design and Projects in Knitting and Crochet Paperback – Nov 1 2006
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Waterstones Newsletter:I was very excited about the author's first book on this subject, 'Freeform Knitting and Crochet', but it didn't go quite as far as I had hoped it would. This new volume, however, is far closer to the book I had initially hoped for. There are expanded sections on design and colour theory, and more helpful motifs and versatile principles to adapt according to your own taste. There are still a few projects to follow if you like, but in my opinion, this title is a far more practical guide to freeform knitting and crochet than its predecessor. Together, it would be fair to say they make a winning team!Su Mwamba
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Jenny Dowde is renowned throughout the craft world for her unique and innovative approach to knitting and crochet.
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this all possible for me. All in all, a well thought out book full of ideas for the reader to expand on. Well worth the money for the experienced fiber artist as well as those newly exploring their own creativilty. I strongly recommend this book for those who want to explore or enhance their own creativity!
The author is enamored of very hairy yarns and dangling yarn ends. Why on earth would you make a scarf or necklace of scratchy, hairy yarn? And maybe I'm being too picky, but a lot of the hat projects she gives look like the most basic bowl-shaped cap with extraneous bits stuck on.
Also, if you have done much reading in the field of textile arts, you'll see that a lot of her stuff is lifted more or less straight from "A New Look At Crochet," by Elyse Sommers, or from the work of James Walters and Sylvia Cosh.
There is one thing I really like, though: the gallery of other people's work at the beginning of the book. It is not extensive enough to justify the price of the book, however.
Oh well--you win some and you lose some.
If you feel you want to do something creative that has no boundaries and want to produce next seasons Christmas gifts rather than buying them already made, you won't be sorry you started with this book.